Catherine Baker

Catherine B.

Los Angeles, CA

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Catherine delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:

With over 10 years of experience teaching, and over 20 years of experience playing, I guide students of many ages to play confidently while enjoying the process of creative music making. Lessons are held in a dynamic atmosphere, focusing on building the fundamental technique of the flute and/or the piccolo while also allowing the student to reach his or her full potential as a strong musician. A beautiful sound, fluid scales, interpretation, artistry, and an overall awareness of other musicians are important aspects in the journey to becoming an artist! My students have consistently performed regularly, competed, and received honors in competitions.

I am a Houston native and have performed in orchestras throughout the country including the Brevard Music Center, the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony, the Southeast Symphony, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Texas Music Festival. I have lots of orchestral experience and have played under notable conductors including Charles Dutoit, Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, Carl St. Clair, and MIchael Tilson Thomas. Currently, I am a Finalist and substitute for the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.

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YMF Teaching Artist
Aug 2016 - Present
Young Musician's Foundation

Teaching Artist
Mar 2016 - Present
Neigborhood Music School

Principal Flute & Substitute
Aug 2015 - Present
American Youth Symphony

Finalist & Substitute
Aug 2014 - Present
New World Symphony

Teaching Artist
Mar 2013 - Present
YOLA & LA Philharmonic

Principal Flute
Aug 2013 - May 2015
YMF Debut Orchestra


Performer's Certificate, Flute Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2015
University of Southern California
Master of Music, Flute Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2013
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Music, Flute Performance
Aug 2007 - May 2011
University of Houston


Fluent / Native Proficiency


San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Competition Honorable Mention
Apr 2018
San Diego Flute Guild
Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Young Artist Competition Winner
Mar 2018
Flute Society of Great Philadelphia
Fischoff Chamber Music Association Competition Finalist
May 2015
Fischoff Chamber Music Association
South Dakota Symphony Principal Flute Finalist
Apr 2015
South Dakota Symphony
Coleman Chamber Music Association Finalist
Apr 2015
Coleman Chamber Music Competition
Plowman Chamber Music Association Grand Prize Winner
Mar 2015
Plowman Chamber Music Association
YMF Debut Orchestra Concerto Competition Honorable Mention & Soloist
Oct 2014
Young Musician's Foundation
Max H. Gluck Foundation Fellowship recipient
Aug 2014
Gluck Foundation


National Flute Association
Aug 2011

The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. Approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries join together in person, online, at conventions, informally and in forums, through publications and classrooms, in performance, in friendship and collegiality. Guided by its goals to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.

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Photos & Videos

Catherine Baker, flute

Martin - Ballade for Flute and Orchestra with the Debut Chamber Orchestra
Catherine Baker, flute

Prokofiev - Symphony No.5 - Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra
Stravinsky - Firebird Suite, American Youth Symphony
Catherine Baker 18 Studies for Flute #6, with duet (played on Alto flute), and composed trio line (played on Piccolo)
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Jason Aug 5, 2018
Flute · In studio

I hadn’t had lessons since college and was pretty rusty. I wanted to get back into playing but didn’t know where to start. Catherine was very accommodating and helped motivate me and get me back on track. She is so knowledgeable and was able to start slow with me, but really got into more advanced techniques when I was ready. My schedule is constantly changing, but she was able to be flexible and meet with me when it was good for me. I highly recommend her for any level of student!

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